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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
When I screw up I screw up big time.
I downgraded my old laptop from Kubuntu Jaunty to Hardy because its video card isn't supported by the latest official ATI drivers now (which is all that Jaunty would support). It was causing it to use the open source version of the ATI drivers which weren't very good, thus most graphics processing was being put on the CPU and slowing everything down. On top of that KDE4 was just driving me nuts (that's a story for another entry).

Like a fool I didn't pay enough attention to the installation process and it wiped the entire hard drive instead of just the secondary partition. Now my entire iTunes library is gone, again. I had episodes of the first season of Ben 10 (the original series) downloaded I hadn't gotten around to watching yet. I do have an OGG version of all my music I had downloaded since the last time I did something similarly stupid, but still. I was hoping not to repeat that mistake. Huh.

I really wish it would have detected the existing Linux partitions and only offered to overwrite them. That I could have lived with, mostly. I also made another mistake; back in Linux I forgot to backup the localhost directory, which contained all my personal web development files. There went files for IK, previous freelance projects, framework ideas, among many other things I've worked on over the years. On the plus side I should have a backup of that on the old desktop (if somewhat outdated), but I have to get it working again first. A few months before my last move it inexplicably stopped responding so I turned it off until I could get around to hooking a monitor up and figuring out what happened. I plan on backing up any files on it and installing Mythbuntu for DVR ability.

Oops. Oops. Oops. Ugh.

Current Mood: irritated irritated
Current Music: "Come With Me" by Special D

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zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 8th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I might look into an automated off-site backup as well, at least for the documents and other misc data. If I did that, though, I would want to encrypt the data before it left my computer to the backup site. DreamHost has a hosting option to allow for up to 50GB of personal private storage space as part of a normal plan. I may look into that and an automated encryption upload.

Knowing that your condo isn't on the first floor I wouldn't be grabbing anything, even clothes. I can always take more pictures if I'm still alive. >_>
legalmoose From: legalmoose Date: July 7th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
The original Ben 10 was "meh". Ben 10 Alien Force was much better drawn and written.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 8th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I had only gotten up to the first 2 or 3 episodes before I got distracted by other things. Thankfully I had only bought the first season so I didn't lose out on much. I'll add the Alien Force version to my list of things to check out, thanks.
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